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Man dies after being swept into the ocean in Pepeekeo Saturday (Aug 25)

By Hawaii 24/7 Staff

Fire/rescue crews responded to a 3:09 p.m. alarm Saturday (Aug 25) to Flats Beach in Pepeekeo for a missing fisherman.

Crews met with the caller who said he and his friend were fishing on the shoreline when 37 year-old friend was swept off the rocks by waves and disappeared beneath rough surf.

Two fire department divers went into the water on a search mission and was able to recover the missing fisherman’s body a short time later.


Big Island police have initiated a coroner’s inquest case in connection with the death of a fisherman over the weekend.

South Hilo patrol officers responded to a 3:09 p.m. report Saturday (August 25) and learned that 37-year-old Ian Tengan of Hilo had been fishing at the water’s edge in an area known as “23 Flats” in Honomu, when he disappeared. Police officers and Fire Department personnel located him face down in the surf.

He was taken to Hilo Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 6:02 p.m.

Police have requested an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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